To support Alaskans seeking independent counsel to achieve high impact charitable giving.
What is a philanthropy advisor?
A philanthropy advisor works with individuals and families, typically of means and with charitable intent, who seek clarity on how to give and what to give to. The process starts with discovery about the donor’s values and goals, followed by research to develop targeted options for their charitable giving. The process may conclude with negotiations between the donor and potential recipients to ensure both parties agree upon outcomes.
Dennis McMillian is the philanthropy advisor. He has served as a development officer, and then as CEO with United Ways around the country before arriving in Alaska in 1992 to lead the United Way of Anchorage. Since then he has worked to build the state's philanthropic culture, including helping to found then lead The Foraker Group from 2000 through June 2015 and to work with the founders to develop the Alaska Community Foundation. During his career, he's trained thousands of professionals and volunteers, consulted and spoken at numerous conferences including the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Northwest, and Independent Sector. Dennis is the author of Focus on Sustainability: A Nonprofit's Journey.